Helmers, novelists will attend Monaco confab

No cancellations, sez U.S. coordinator Dauphin

PARIS — North American and European authors and filmmakers, including Sydney Pollack, Nora Ephron, Nicholas Pileggi, Michael Cimino, Mary Higgins Clark and Buzz Aldrin, have confirmed they will attend the maiden Intl. Forum for Cinema and Literature, slated for Oct. 5-7 in Monaco.

“I have yet to hear of anybody canceling,” said the Forum’s U.S. coordinator Ruda Dauphin, after a slew of talent called off trips following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

New event, in which publishers will rub elbows with authors and directors to initiate screen adaptations — and ponder what makes a successful lit-to-screen transposition click — is the brainchild of Regie Europeenne de Cinema topper Claire Breuvart.

“My goal is to make this the leading international market for audiovisual writing,” Breuvart, a 25-year vet of product placement and corporate sponsorship, told Daily Variety. “Writers, publishers and directors are an obvious fit, and yet nobody’s tried to bring them together before — this isn’t a film festival or a book fair but a productive blending of the two.”

A panel discussion will elucidate how French audiovisual rights function in the international marketplace, and negotiations should get a kick start from a 50,000 franc ($7,350) prize to the first producer who signs an option agreement with one of three eligible French-lingo suspense novels. The Cinesuite (“Movie Sequel”) prize, will go to the best one-page proposal for a book sequel to “The Count of Monte Cristo,” with an eye toward a TV or film adaptation.

With the 23-year-old Monte Carlo TV Market calling it quits and the venerable Monte Carlo TV Festival switching from February to July for its 2002 edition, new event, if successful, will join the Imagina digital forum (Feb 12-14, 2002) in reinforcing the small prosperous locale as a destination for international audiovisual exchange.

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